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Friday, July 17, 2009

5 Tips for Hitting the Road with Your Pet

For many of us, pets aren’t just companions but VIP’s (Very Important Pets), which is why so many of us never hesitate to take our furry friends along for the ride when we travel, so remember whether you’re going on simple errands or on a cross country trip to see the sights, make sure your pet has a safe and happy car ride with these travel tips:

1. Get your pets used to the car and make them feel comfortable.
Often, the only time pets ride in the car is when they’re visiting the vet or groomer, so they may not always associate a car ride with a positive experience. Teach them that car rides can be fun by taking them for short road trips to a dog park, a friend’s house, or just a new place to take a long walk.

2. Proper Identification
If your pet gets lost while traveling, it’s vital that ID tags are current and include your address and a phone number to reach you. You may also want to have a photo of your pet on hand.

3. Doggie Bags
A travel pack for your pet is a great way to be prepared for anything - and is something that can remain stocked, so it’s ready to go when you are. Make sure it contains cleanup supplies, a towel or bed to serve as a comfortable resting place, portable feeding and watering bowls, food and water, a pet first-aid kit, and lots of toys to keep pets busy and well behaved.

4. Restraints
Unrestrained pets can be a distraction to drivers and they can become injured if the vehicle makes sudden stops or is involved in a car accident. Secure your pets in a crate or with a harness to keep them safe.

5. Insurance
Check with your car insurance company to see if your pets are covered in case of an accident. Some insurance companies, such as Progressive, have pet injury coverage, which automatically covers your dogs and cats for up to $1,000 in vet bills - free with collision coverage on your car or RV.

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